Born: March 15, 1980 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's mini series One to Watch, Toronto-based trumpeter/composer/educator John Pittman is a rising talent on the Canadian music scene. Pittman is the winner of several arts grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Manitoba Arts Council as well as the 2006 -2007 Rayburn Wright Scholar and the 2007 Schirmer Prize winner for an outstanding performance major at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. Pittman has had the pleasure of performing/recording with such artists as Byron Stripling, Wycliffe Gordon, Slide Hampton, Steve Kirby, Alvin Atkinson, Marian McPartland, Bill Dobbins, Jeff Campbell, Peter Erskine, Rich Thompson, The Dave Rivello Ensemble, Moses Mayes, Greg Gatien and Papa Mambo.
An active educator and clinician, Pittman has taught at the Eastman School of Music, University of Manitoba and Silver Heights Collegiate. He has also served as a clinician/adjudicator throughout Canada and the United States. He currently teaches Instrumental Music at The Sterling Hall School in Toronto, Ontario.
“The band played a number of instrumentals, showcasing some great solo work from John Pittman.” --Chris Smith, Winnipeg Free Press